At Aspen Institute for Antiaging and Regenerative Medicine, adult stem cell procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art surgery center by a licensed and board certified physician. Although the steps may vary slightly depending on what condition is being treated, the procedure involves three basic steps:
- First we use Cell Rich Fat Transfer (CRFT) protocol using a special fat harvesting Acquicell™ machine and cannula, which gently removes small adipose cell clusters by liposuction, collecting approximately one cup of adipose (fat) tissue.
- The unique blend of stem and regenerative cells which exist in the adipose tissue are then isolated and separated by a decanting and centrifugation process. For patients receiving direct injections, a closed/sterile, manually operated cell processing technology will be used to obtain a micro-fragmented, cell-rich product for injection.
- Your adult stem cells are then delivered intravenously and/or by direct injection into the joint or other area of the body depending on the individualized treatment plan developed for each patient.
IN MORE DETAIL
Step 1: Fat Harvesting
This procedure is done in our sterile surgical facility requiring only local anesthesia and no general sedation or narcotics. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, Dr. Gershon will make a minimum of 2 small incisions to to perform the Cell Rich Fat Transfer (CRFT) protocol using a special fat harvesting cannula, which gently removes small adipose cell clusters by mini-liposuction, collecting approximately one cup of adipose (fat) tissue. Thinner patients may require more incisions so that we can obtain an adequate amount of fat for your treatment from other areas besides the abdomen. This will be discussed and finalized with Dr. Gershon before the procedure.
Step 2: Cell Processing
Right after the fat is harvested, the regenerative cells are isolated from the extracted fat tissue. It is important to note that the cells are not changed or manipulated in any way; only separated from the adipose fat tissue, then safely prepared to immediately re-introduce the regenerative cells into your body. While the cells are in the decanting process which can take around 2 hours, you will be able to rest in our patient recovery room.
Step 3: Implantation
Once the cells are ready, they will be safely prepared for direct injection or IV infusion, depending on the personalized treatment plan developed for you by Dr. Gershon. In some cases, he may recommend both direct injection and intravenous delivery of cells to address the underlying causes of restricted blood flow, inflammation or destructive immune response.
The adult stem cell procedure at Aspen Institute for Antiaging & Regenerative Medicine is a minimally invasive, same-day outpatient treatment. Though recovery varies from patient to patient, our protocols are meant to keep downtime to a minimum. After a period of observation, you will be able to return home to rest comfortably.
AFTERCARE AND FOLLOW-UP
Immediately after the procedure, you will be examined to make sure the treatment and liposuction incision sites are healing well. For the first 48 hours following you should avoid any strenuous physical activity. We will give you specific discharge instructions depending on the type of procedure you received.
Dr. Gershon will make arrangements to follow up with you at home and monitor your progress at scheduled appointments over the next few months following your adult stem cell procedure.
THE ASPEN REGENERATIVE EXPERIENCE: A CLOSER LOOK
On a day before the procedure, we will arrange an office appointment to go over your history one more time and do a complete physical exam. We will be happy to answer any questions you may still have about any part of stem cell treatment.
After arrival and prep, the fat harvesting procedure is completed (Step 1). You will rest in a private room where family members are allowed to visit while the cell processing (Step 2) is taking place.
After stem cell implantation (Step 3) is complete, you will return to your recovery room. Here you are also permitted visitors while you rest.
Four to six weeks after the procedure, you will return to the office for a follow-up appointment and PRP booster injection to optimize the results of intra-articular stem cell procedure with Dr. Gershon. Following this visit further follow up appointments at 3 months and 6 months may be done in person or via Skype or telephone for Dr. Gershon to monitor your progress.
We understand the stress that is commonly experienced when having any medical treatment. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about the procedure and what to expect during your time with us. Let us know of any additional needs or questions you may have and we will do all we can to accommodate you.